The Calling Live in Manila

We’ll take the punches everyday.
Last night, I found myself watching The Calling at the MOA Arena. It wasn’t in my concert bucket list, but I’m glad I was able to catch it. While I think most of the audience was looking forward to Wherever You Will Go, I was eager to listen and sing along to Stigmatized. I am a very happy baby because, UGH, their performance of the song was beyond amazing. From the long intro to when Alex Band belted the word stigmatized at the top of his lungs, down to the long outro.. Hay, my heart.

To put the icing on the cake, our group was granted all access passes. One time, we found ourselves watching the concert from the side of the stage where I could clearly see the band, and the faces of the fans at the front row. I couldn’t help but smile at the sight of people singing along to every song when I personally only knew about 4 or 5 of the songs that the band played last night. It reminded me of one of the many reasons why music matters deeply to me: a good song can guarantee you have at least one thing in common with a multitude of music-lovers across various countries, races, cultures, genders, religions, etc. And that’s a beautiful thing

And during these days when beliefs are challenged and the world divided has become seemingly ugly, we desperately look for the light, some source of comfort and unity. When we’re clouded with doubt, we must sit with our hearts and remember what’s important. We don’t need to squint our eyes to see that there’s still beauty in the world. We only need to look inside. Beauty inspires us and give us hope that the things we believe in are still worth fighting for. And so we start the work with ourselves while leaning on to music, and holding on to the arts.

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